Very powerful and tannic yet salty and savory. Full body, dense and chewy yet polished and bright. Great second wine from La Mission. Only 30% merlot.
94-95 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
The 2015 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 9 September until 1 October, harvested early to preserve the freshness of the Merlot and taking time to pick the Cabernet at optimal ripeness. The bouquet is tightly wound at the moment, but precise, revealing blackcurrant, cranberry and hints of marmalade scents with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sturdy tannin on the entry that exert a firm grip, but there is more than enough fruit to back that all up. Touches of cedar and tobacco surface towards the second half and there is a sustained, chalky note on the finish that ensures that this a great deuxième vin.
91-93 points, Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
A deep, striking wine, the 2015 La Chapelle de la
Mission Haut-Brion is laced with captivating scents of
graphite, smoke, cured meats, herbs, melted road tar,
leather and violets. Equally rich and ample on the
palate, the 2015 exudes intensity, with a pedigreed
expression of fruit and enough depth to drink well for a
dozen or more years. All of the signatures of site come
through in this beautifully crafted second wine from La
Mission Haut-Brion. With time in the glass, the 2015
acquires finesse and nuance. Tasted two times.
87-89 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous